Saturday, 25 June 2011

Three Matches in One Night

Heathcote Arms (Chapman/Birstall 2) Vs Kirby Castlers 1.
The evening did not start well as i forgot to collect Dave on the way to the club and then had to tear down the road to Narborough to pick him up and be back for the start of our match.
These two teams were very evenly matched on grade. A total of only 14 points difference in Kirby's favour meant that there was no handicap bonus. Kirby won the toss and opted for white on the even boards. Michael had appeared to open well and quickly had a knight fork on his opponent's rook and queen. He took his eye off his defence, however, and was mated soon afterwards. Drew lasted rather longer. In a completely lost position, but continuing to play anyway, i almost fell off my chair when John Walker offered me a draw - Needless to say i accepted. Equal on material, Haka Dave's game was completely closed. Having had his offer of a draw refused, Dave shortly afterwards claimed one anyway under the threefold repetition rule.

21 JunHeathcote Arms 2vKirby Muxloe 1
1 - 3
1W102Ross, Colin½ - ½Walker, John115
2B99Ricketts, Dave½ - ½Hill, Eddie100
3W80Bubb, Andrew0 - 1Kellock, Jim80
4B60Bubb, Michael0 - 1Gonzaga, Edda60

Heathcote Arms (Wylie) Vs The Swallow Inn (aka Scraptoft Valley)

A good win for our Wylie Cup side.

21 JunHeathcote Arms 1W - BB - WSwallow Inn 1
5 - 3
1188Sharpe, Graham0 - 1½ - ½Burgess, Ray177
2168Bray, Dave1 - 01 - 0Deacon, Paul159
3153Cowley, Michael1 - 01 - 0Tate, Michael154
4137Booley, Graham½ - ½0 - 1Graf, Roland143

Heathcote Arms (Harrod) Vs Syston
With a total of 497 grade points in a competition where the maximum grade limit is 500, this was a strong Harrod Cup side, but was only slightly stronger than that of the Syston, the host team. An 8-0 victory was an excellent result for us and will compensate a bit on the cup table for our 7.5-0.5 point defeat against Wigston in the first round.

21 JunSyston 1W - BB - WHeathcote Arms 1
0 - 8
1137Johnson, Cyril0 - 10 - 1Harrison, Peter151
2114Stone, Robert0 - 10 - 1Ensor, Rob139
3109Gist, Elizabeth0 - 10 - 1Manger, John122
4100Martin, Maurice0 - 10 - 1Beach, Ray85

Well done everyone.

Next Tuesday, there is unlikely to be a club night as our first Chapman team competes away at Syston, and several of the regulars will be competing in the County Championships at Wigston on the Thursday. There will, definitely, however, be some activity at the arms on Tuesday 5th July as HA1 compete at home, and there will certainly be a club night.


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